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3 October 2016

WFP Executive Director Visits Drought-Hit Madagascar

ANTANANARIVO – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, has arrived in Madagascar for a three-day visit, as the country comes to grips with the devastating impact of three years of drought.

3 October 2016

EU Supports WFP Assistance To Thousands Suffering Drought & Displacement In Djibouti

DJIBOUTI - The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has provided food assistance to 10,000 people from Ethiopia and the Somaliland region of Somalia, displaced by drought to Djibouti, in addition to nearly 14,000 people in local communties – thanks to a contribution from the European Union and other donors.

School Meals
28 September 2016

Back To School And Second Year Of WFP For Lebanese And Syrian Students

BEIRUT – As the new term begins, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is again providing healthy and nutritious school food for more than 10,000 Lebanese and Syrian students attending public schools across Lebanon.

Responding to Emergencies
28 September 2016

WFP Reaches Town In Northern Iraq After Siege, Welcomes Support From USAID

BAGHDAD – For the first time in more than two years, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has distributed urgently-needed food for people in and around the northern Iraqi town of Shirqat, 80 kilometres south of Mosul. Until this month, the town was under siege and cut off from humanitarian access since 2014. 

27 September 2016

Government Of Pakistan And WFP Launch Fifth Edition Of Pakistan Education Atlas

ISLAMABAD – The Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training and the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) have launched the fifth edition of the Pakistan Education Atlas.

27 September 2016

WFP Announces Appointment Of New Country Director In Sudan

KHARTOUM – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) today announced the appointment of Matthew Hollingworth as its Representative and Country Director in Sudan. 

School Meals
27 September 2016

WFP School Meals In Jeopardy For Children In Mali As School Year Starts

BAMAKO – As schools resume next week in Mali, school meals for nearly 180,000 children in about 1,000 schools are in jeopardy due to financial constraints at the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) – the main supporter of such initiatives. Unless US$3 million in funding is found urgently, WFP will have to suspend its school meals programme in Mali.

Contributions to WFP
27 September 2016

Malawi Government And WFP Import Maize For Emergency Distribution

BLANTYRE – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) is importing 55,000 metric tons of maize, thanks to a major contribution of nearly US$22 million from the Government of Malawi. The maize will meet the needs of up to 4.7 million people in drought-affected areas of Malawi over the coming months.

Responding to Emergencies
26 September 2016

WFP Reaches Four Besieged Syrian Towns For First Time Since April

DAMASCUS – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) yesterday delivered life-saving food assistance to besieged families in the Four Towns of Madaya and Zabadani in Rural Damascus and Foaa and Kefraya in Rural Idlib as part of a joint interagency convoy with UN agencies and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC).

Contributions to WFP
25 September 2016

The United Arab Emirates Supports WFP In Fighting Hunger In Yemen

NEW YORK – The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) welcomed a contribution of US$6 million from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to provide vital food assistance to more than 100,000 people monthly for four months in Yemen.

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